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Poster: dusborne Date: May 31, 2014 2:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: RE: New site format

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: May 31, 2014 12:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: dusborne hijack for new matrix format

Dear Mr. Dusborne,

Regarding old confessions of mine: I'm a village idiot!

With that being said (and repeated), I have a simple, boxed-set, matrix request for you to consider producing, sir: the June 9 and June 10, 1973 shows. The Barry-matrix for June 9, and the Tobin-matrix for June 10 are obsolete and flawed! I apologize to Kevin Tobin.

I did the original AUD transfers myself at 24/48, but I did not use (nor do I own) a professional cassette tape deck. My tape deck does not have two capstans. I had to discard some material because of wrinkles and tape damage. Worst of all, I did not perform any playback head azimuth alignments for my transfers!

Please Note: Since then, the lineages for these AUDs that I taped on June 9 and June 10 have been hugely upgraded! Matt Smith professionally transferred them for me a couple of years ago at 24/96, after the above matrices were already produced!

- the AUD quality on Matt Smith's transfers is much better than my older original transfers due to Matt's p/b head azimuth alignment.

- the synching should be more stable during matrixing now because the two capstans on Matt's Nak BX300 tape deck provided more playback stability for the AUDs. Matt is a professional archivist for audio tapes, I am not. I am a semi-professional. There is a huge difference!

- there is more AUD material to work with now. The tape damage problems were minimized because two capstans provided better tape-handling and output quality. As a result, the June 9 and June 10 "barry-smith" AUDs have fewer SBD patches and less duration than before. Also, there's more stage and audience banter material in these releases.

It would be great to see someone matrixing both shows using the same acid-sounding-mix in a boxed-set release (very rare for this era). I apologize to everyone for putting out such a shitty 1st-release, and pissing people off with a complicated lineage trail ever since. However, the tapes and the audio quality (AUDs and SBDs) are excellent, and so are both of these GD shows!

hey Dus, I would love to see this happen and everyone here knows this. I've mentioned this before on the forum, but I doubt you knew about it...

This post was modified by Monte B Cowboy on 2014-05-31 19:26:47

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Poster: GerryO Date: May 31, 2014 4:59pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: dusborne hijack for new matrix format

Hello Monte,

Please let us know when Mr. Dusborne signs up to do the improved matrices, or let me know if you'd like me to aid in contacting him. Based on all appearances, it appears he keeps himself really busy.

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Poster: dusborne Date: May 31, 2014 6:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: dusborne hijack for new matrix format

I've been dying to matrix those shows with your fabulous upgraded auds! I'm on it! You don't know how happy I am that you've requested this, I'm only too happy to oblige. If you would like to get in touch with me directly, you can email me at, I have a few things I'm trying to finish up at the minute, but I will start those ASAP. I'm always more than happy to take requests, especially from original tapers who want to hear their recordings used in a matrix. Yes, Yes, Yes!

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Poster: Monte B Cowboy Date: Jun 2, 2014 1:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: dusborne hijack for new matrix format

Hey man, take your time if you do this project. I really appreciate it, thank you for checking this out. Good luck!

If I'm not mistaken, my AUD of PITB from June 9 probably has an accidental "cut" around 9:30 or so. If it does, there will be a seamless "accidental pause/unpause" cut of unknown length - probably a few seconds or so long. Matt's tape deck speed and my tape deck speed are different, so I'm not sure of the new timings. The boys played an up-tempo and jazzed-out PITB that lasted more than 22 minutes. Their jam is so damned intense and fast, you might get lost when matrixing yourself through my AUD's flaw (if it exists), and matching sources back up after the cut. You may have to work forwards to the cut, and backwards - from the end - back to the cut, to matrix this PITB track entirely. I apologize if this track "seamlessly cuts in/out" somewhere due to an operator-error of mine. My tape deck's pause switch was a wee-bit "hair-triggered" and I accidentally paused it once or twice while I was taping these two shows. I was tripping on two doses of acid both days, and I smoked a lot of hash. Shit happens, sorry about that. Previously noted, there were several tape splices and other cuts due to tape damage, but that's all easy to fix stuff you've seen a zillion times.

I would like to take an extra moment and explain one more thing about my GD tapes from '73: they never sounded this good to me until I met Bob Menke at LL. My Roosevelt Stadium transfer mistakes were discussed, and that's when I met Matt Smith (and others) and he transferred all my GD cassettes for me. Now my tapes are extremely crystal-clear, and they sound much better than I've ever heard before! People think this is normal. It's not! It's very exceptional, and now it's exotic, especially all these years later. We never routinely did any of this shit 40 years ago! We only did shit like this in The Studio! People in the studio only deal with "studio quality" tapes. This is normal.

Trust me on this: in 1972 and 1973, me and Jimmy Watson and my other friends who dealt with tapes - we were not purchasing expensive and exotic equipment to attain these phenomenal playbacks. We just recorded and played back our tapes the same way we played our albums; nothing more, nothing less. We were just "normal" audiophiles (like everyone else) with decent turntables, tape decks, pre-amps, amps and speakers. And we would change out and upgrade audio components from time to time.

I'm just a normal freak. I taped a bunch of live music on cassettes, and I recorded some albums on cassettes. I dumped my albums in the mid-70s. Where I'm different is that I moved around a lot over the years and I've called myself a trail-grub, and, I'm an outdoors-loving freak. But, that's how I got out of New Jersey, where people love being indoors most of the time. Now I live in Colorado, where people love being outdoors most of the time. I first moved here in 1979. Pretty much: I've never owned "lots of" expensive stuff except for a good bicycle, good backpacking gear, and good outdoors clothing. Frugality is what sustained my mobility, by necessity. I've barely settled down, my jobs have been outsourced my entire electronics career, and I've been anti-establishment all my life. I've always had a decent tape recorder, but my portable Nak 550 is forty-one years old. My tapes always sounded the same to me, until I met Matt Smith. One of these days he'll get around to transferring the live shows I taped on 27 cassette masters which I sent to him. Thank You, Matt!

This post was modified by Monte B Cowboy on 2014-06-02 20:18:06